Sometimes a tree needs to be trimmed if it is getting in the way of wires, or like this old wild olive, dragging on a roof. Most of the branches were 2cm (under an inch) and about ten were 6cm (2.5 inches). We wanted to remove all branches presently touching the roof as well as those which could do so in the next couple of years if they grew.
The job was for mum who is 87. She was on the roof, in the thick of things, lifting branches and managing the project from the parapet wall, no acrophobia, this one. She wanted to hire pros, but came to us first and saved herself a fortune. We could do this for money ! We'd love to do small local garden maintenance jobs as another income stream on top of writing. We need the cash sometimes.
2 ton ropes for supporting and lowering big branches
ordinary nylon ropes for steering the dropping branch
What tools to use for this small job ? We have used a bow saw for all our tree trimming on Acacia karoo, which is pretty hard, but olive is really hard. We thought a chain saw too excessive and they were all taken anyway, so we hired this single blade battery driven saw and it worked perfectly. It can cut branches up to 15 cm (just under 6 inches). To prevent the branches crashing down on the tin roof and denting it, Stephan cut 2/3 of the way through each branch and then broke them slowly by hand while I pulled on ropes to get them to drop in the right direction.
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Oct 21, 21 12:27 PM
Growing against extinction. Some of the many reasons why one should garden for wildlife all around the world using native food plants
Sep 03, 21 06:37 AM
can an established, large, wild plum tree Harpephyllum caffrum be pruned in order to try shape/reduce the width of its canopy? I have a huge wild plum
Aug 31, 21 12:08 PM
Caroline, thanks so much for the valuable information in your blog. I also try to garden in Cape Town in a garden that is battered by the Southeast in